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The regionalization of Africa: delineating Africa's subregions using airline data

Pieter Good (UGent) , Ben Derudder (UGent) and Frank Witlox (UGent)
(2011) JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY. 110(5). p.179-190
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Current regionalizations of Africa have limitations in that they are attribute-based and regions are delineated according to national boundaries. Taking the world city network approach as starting point, it is possible to use relational data (i.e., information about the relationships between cities) rather than attribute data, and moreover, it becomes possible to ignore state boundaries by delineating the regions based on the location of the interaction structure between cities. This research uses airline data. A network analysis is performed on the number of passengers who fly between cities in Africa. A subregional map is created based on the results.
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world city network, regional economic communities, geographic content knowledge, regional geography, urban, WORLD CITY NETWORKS, EMPIRICAL-ANALYSIS, CITIES, CONNECTIVITY, HIERARCHIES, GEOGRAPHY

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Good, Pieter, Ben Derudder, and Frank Witlox. 2011. “The Regionalization of Africa: Delineating Africa’s Subregions Using Airline Data.” Journal of Geography 110 (5): 179–190.
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Good, P., Derudder, B., & Witlox, F. (2011). The regionalization of Africa: delineating Africa’s subregions using airline data. JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY, 110(5), 179–190.
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Good P, Derudder B, Witlox F. The regionalization of Africa: delineating Africa’s subregions using airline data. JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY. 2011;110(5):179–90.
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Good, Pieter, Ben Derudder, and Frank Witlox. “The Regionalization of Africa: Delineating Africa’s Subregions Using Airline Data.” JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY 110.5 (2011): 179–190. Print.
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  abstract     = {Current regionalizations of Africa have limitations in that they are attribute-based and regions are delineated according to national boundaries. Taking the world city network approach as starting point, it is possible to use relational data (i.e., information about the relationships between cities) rather than attribute data, and moreover, it becomes possible to ignore state boundaries by delineating the regions based on the location of the interaction structure between cities. This research uses airline data. A network analysis is performed on the number of passengers who fly between cities in Africa. A subregional map is created based on the results.},
  author       = {Good, Pieter and Derudder, Ben and Witlox, Frank},
  issn         = {0022-1341},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF GEOGRAPHY},
  keyword      = {world city network,regional economic communities,geographic content knowledge,regional geography,urban,WORLD CITY NETWORKS,EMPIRICAL-ANALYSIS,CITIES,CONNECTIVITY,HIERARCHIES,GEOGRAPHY},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {179--190},
  title        = {The regionalization of Africa: delineating Africa's subregions using airline data},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00221341.2011.567291},
  volume       = {110},
  year         = {2011},
}

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